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Dec. 28th, 2006

Well, I have finally had it. I am old and fat. I know that there is nothing that I can do about the old part. So, I will have to work on the fat part. I guess I am not really FAT. I am a bit over weight. But I can't tie my own shoes. or walk up a flight of stairs with out being out of breath.

Today is my second day going to the gym. I guess I have a goal. I know it is a shallow one but I want to loss this belly and be able to comfortable wear a pair of 38 jeans by TBRU. I know there loftier ideals that i should be focusing on, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, less apnea, better breathing and less stress on my heart. But all I can think of is the hot pair of Italian sailor pants that look great on me.

So, back the gym (both figuratively and literally). The Gym is located in the basement of the county jail. No, there are not any prisoners working out there. This gym us for the detention staff and all county employees. There are occasionally some woofy officers that work out there. I stretch a bit and then walk/run on the treadmill. Since it is only my 2nd day I am only walking a for 15 minutes. After the treadmill I head for the nautilus-type machines. 3 sets at the abdominal machine, 3 on bicep, 3 on gluts, 3 on legs and 3 more at the abs. I have not worked out in a long time so, I am taking it slow and lighter weights.

I don't feel sore, I think it will take a little more work before that starts. When I get home, I can only think of getting in the hot tub and floating away (figuratively).

Funny how things change. When I was in grade school I was a thin little guy and got bullied a bit. I wished I was bigger. I guess I wished a little too hard.



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Dec. 28th, 2006 06:30 am (UTC)
It's a funny thing isn't it.. that moment when you realise you're not young and firm anymore. and the getting firm part is so much harder than it used to be!

Good luck in the gym and remember...if you write it in livejournal, it means photos must follow...no really..its the law!

*rubs hands expectantly*
M xxx
Dec. 28th, 2006 06:27 pm (UTC)
OK, well if it a law then I have to do it. I packed my camera and will take a few "before" pictures.....
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Dec. 28th, 2006 06:30 pm (UTC)
Thank for drooling on me :-) I will try to do better with the pix also.
Dec. 28th, 2006 02:20 pm (UTC)
"I know there loftier ideals that i should be focusing on, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, less apnea, better breathing and less stress on my heart."

Well, you can accomplish all those things by exercising, so I wouldn't feel bad if your motivation also includes a little vanity :)
Dec. 28th, 2006 06:34 pm (UTC)
Vanity is the spice of life? or is that Vanity in spite of life.... :)
Dec. 28th, 2006 03:11 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm right there with you. For me, the extra weight gets in the way of hiking, which I enjoy, and causes foot problems - which keeps me from hiking!

Vanity is all part of the motivation equation, though...
Dec. 28th, 2006 06:36 pm (UTC)
Foot problems are a bummer! Take care of those feet and they will take you where you want to go.
Dec. 28th, 2006 04:35 pm (UTC)
Good for you!

I'm in the same boat. No resolutions for me, just moderation and better food choices. The gym, I need to work in gradually.
Dec. 28th, 2006 06:52 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I have not been very good at that resolution thing. A couple of years back I made a resolution to stop procrastinating. One of these days I will start that...

Dec. 28th, 2006 04:37 pm (UTC)
"I know there loftier ideals that i should be focusing on"

Well to be honest your goal is the best goal there. Lofty High goal for exercise rarely works, they aren't a definable goal. Looking hot for TBRU is the best goal you can have.

When I first started working out it was because my neck was too fat and I wanted to stop my sleep apnea. That was the only reason and it kept me going. I started Weight lifting because I was tired of being the weak one. I started biking because it is a form of meditation for me.

If I tried to attach lofty hi goals to them I would either stop or it would become more of a chore and not as enjoyable. So go look hot for TBRU!
Dec. 28th, 2006 06:55 pm (UTC)
Is the Apnea better, I have noticed that you have been biking alot. I remember you being really into biking whe I met you in KC a few year ago....
Dec. 28th, 2006 07:01 pm (UTC)
the apnea is somewhat better, but probably tied to the machine for years, Doubt I can stay the weight I want and lose the neck fat, oh well the price of beardom.

biking has been good, this was a good summer for biking.
Dec. 28th, 2006 05:16 pm (UTC)
I am happy for whatever directions you want to go in, buddy, but I feel compelled to say: You look damn great!

And btw: This newly smoking thing is ruining my own ability to do much physical activity without having breathing difficulty. Argghh!
Dec. 28th, 2006 07:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your support. Sometime I feel like I have no direction at all. And I am not looking to complete change in the way I look, I just want to change the way I feel.

Oh and the smoking thing... There are so many things in life that are bad for you. If it give you some peace and enjoyment and is not infringing on other, I say enjoy. You can blow smoke on me any day. Come to think of it I like the physical activity too!
Dec. 29th, 2006 05:02 pm (UTC)
Deal: I'll exercise and smoke you, ok?
Dec. 30th, 2006 12:21 am (UTC)
I think we need to exercise together..... I real good stiff work out.
Dec. 28th, 2006 06:13 pm (UTC)
Recipe for happiness in health improvement:

Don't be overly concerned about your actual weight in pounds, ounces and grams. Use your clothes (how they fit, loose or tight) to judge how much weight you will lose (or gain, if you're weight-training) and concentrate on increasing your indurance and cardio. When breath comes easier and you feel more limber and stronger, you won't have that little worry-crease on your forehead from frowning at the scales. Scales lie. You're body doesn't.

Well, it does, but only little white lies! *winks*

Dec. 28th, 2006 07:23 pm (UTC)
Great minds think alike. My doctor in all his wisdom (not!) says I should loose 90 lbs. But If I work and gain muscle mass I might gain more. You are so right!

btw: See you on Friday for Mah Jongg..... (YEAH!)
Dec. 28th, 2006 11:35 pm (UTC)

And after you get into the regimen on a regular basis, you can come visit and I will strap you into the bowflex and give you a real work-out...

Dec. 29th, 2006 01:00 am (UTC)
I love the way your mind thinks. I would love for you to give a real good work-out on the, um..., bowflex.
Jan. 3rd, 2007 04:50 am (UTC)
Just getting up and getting active is half the battle. The gym you just need to work in gradually and work up to a goal. Take note of what you eat. For me just not eating after 8pm and night, i have lost 10 pounds in about 36 days. Thats a start.
Jan. 7th, 2007 12:04 pm (UTC)
Luv the Fungoshi ^^
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